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A couple of years ago the folks at Signal Snowboards tried their hand at making a board with a thin layer of solar cells on top to charge a battery while it careened down the slopes. Not only was their creation a success, it actually worked so well the company decided to put it into production, and it's now available in its online store.

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There are very few sports you can't play at night, thanks to the magic of gigantic stadium floodlights. But if your hunt for fresh powder leads you to the dark side of the mountain after the sun has set, careening down the slopes blind is a terrible idea. So the ever-innovative folks at Signal Snowboards decided a pair of snowboards upgraded with headlights would be much safer.

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The folks at Signal Snowboards like to experiment over the winter months with conceptual deck designs — sometimes they're practical, and sometimes they're downright crazy. And the company's latest creation, a snowboard with a built-in turntable, probably falls into that latter category.

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First and foremost, a good pair of snowboarding boots should get you down a slope safely and with a good measure of comfort. But Nike also wants you to be noticed, particularly if you're competing and need to impress a bunch of judges. So with its latest snowboarding boot — the LunarENDOR QS — Nike's enhanced its iconic swoosh logo with 30 glowing LEDs so that when you're pulling a spiralling Double McTwist 1260, you'll be an impossible to miss swirl of blue.

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When Archimedes thought up his revolutionary water-pumping screw, little did he know that one day a group of high school students in Lyon, France, would find a better use for his design. Their Propul-Surf uses a pair of horizontally-mounted screws to push a snowboard through the snow when gravity doesn't provide enough momentum.

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Strapping your feet to a board and then sliding down a snow-covered hill requires skills that most humans aren't born with. So, to make it just a little easier for novices to learn how to snowboard, Australia's Streetboardz has created a board with a built-in handbrake that lets riders easily stop before things get out of control.

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It's about that time when when days off mean more time shredding the slopes — or at least trying to mitigate arse-bruising. But before you go, take a look at the thing that will carry you down the hill. That simple board has 45 years of engineering and optimisation built into it — all so we can do crazy things with piles of snow.